We live in a world where everyone is open and ready to call someone out for xenophobia, misogyny, and racism. The people that experience these daily, it is ingrained in many cultures and throughout generations, are not surprised when it happens again and again.
A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War.
I can only speak of my own personal experience of antisemitism in the former Soviet Union. On our passport it said Jewish as a nationality, my parents and everyone else had to always show their passport, and Jews were denied school and jobs because there was a quota. Luckily my parents were at the top of their classes and were able to get degrees, my father as a mechanical engineer, and my mother got accepted in the highly acclaimed Moscow Conservatory for piano, voice, and as a conductor of choir. Funny enough when we moved to America, in school I was made fun of of being Russian. I am dark hair and eyes, with a mediterranean nose, so I never looked white American, and we also lived in big cities, where I blended into the diversity.
Now my Jewish identity is so deep, and I am grateful from the bottom of my heart that my parents left everything they knew, we were only allowed to take $96 per person. Luckily my mother was able to ship her piano because it was her career. I feel so blessed to have met my husband, and now my children and I lived a beautifully open Jewish life, enjoying Shabbat, Jewish Holidays, and a vibrant community that supports and celebrates together. So when I read about Venezuela blaming Jews for their economic woes, and even a North Korean Website that calls out Jews for all the problems in the world, IT MAKES ME SICK!
North Korea should stop blaming Israel,
It has happened since the beginning of time,
It will keep happening,
We will speak out loud and proud,
STOP BLAMING ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE!